Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed is race-ready

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed cassette

Sitting on the 2019 team bikes of Lotto-Soudal, Movistar and UAE Team Emirates is what looks to be a production-ready fourth generation of Campagnolo’s EPS electronic groupset – now in 12-speed.

Campagnolo became the first to offer a 12-speed groupset on the road with its latest Super Record and Record mechanical groupsets which launched last year. However, with the entire WorldTour loyal to electronic shifting groupsets, we hadn’t previously seen 12-speed hit the WorldTour peloton.

Seeing a new 12-speed version of EPS is certainly no surprise. And while it simply wasn’t ready when Campagnolo released its 12-speed mechanical groupsets last year, it’s looking good to go now.

What we know

Campagnolo goes 12-speed with Super Record and Record rim and disc groupsets

While Campagnolo is quiet on the specifics of the new electric groups, there are a number of things that are safe to assume. That includes the newly revised derailleur geometry, fresh crankset and wider gear ranges of the 12-speed mechanical options look to carry over to the new electronic variants.

The cassettes are the same 11-29T and 11-32T options from the mechanical group. And as already known, Campagnolo managed to add that extra cog without requiring a new freehub design, so existing wheels should accept the new cassette without issue.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed crankset

It’s common practice for the electronic version of a groupset to share many functional components with the mechanical iteration. Campagnolo doesn’t break that mould here.

The crankset design is the same as the mechanical groups too, featuring a revised shape with a familiar four-bolt spider and UltraTorque connection. The options of 53/39T, 52/36T, and 50/34T will remain, with all bikes at the Santos Tour Down Under fitted with the common pro’s choice (53/39T).

Also carrying over are the brakes, both mechanical rim brake or hydraulic disc brake options.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

The new rear derailleur appears to be slimmer and with more modern lines. As seen on the mechanical 12-speed groups, it’s likely there will be just a single derailleur cage length.

The new rear derailleur appears to have a slimmer frontal profile to its predecessor, including what looks like a shallower hanger bolt interface, and now features a few cutouts for reduced weight. That borrowed parallelogram geometry revision means the derailleur should offer more chain wrap around the cassette and more positive shifting than previous generations.

However, unlike the mechanical version, the electronic rear derailleur doesn’t use the direct-mount interface, rather opting for a more traditional derailleur bolt.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

This new derailleur looks extremely familiar, although that cage is likely now far stiffer.

The front derailleur doesn’t appear to have changed as much as the rear. The cage now features carbon fibre on the outer side and is most likely stiffer than before – a welcome change.

The shifters retain Campagnolo’s iconic method of shifting, and a quick click reveals a familiar tactile button feel. The lever shape is similar to the previous generation.

And finally something we know for certain: The new 12-speed versions of Record and Super Record EPS are going to be very expensive.

What we don’t know (for sure)

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

Are there any changes to the Junction box? The V3 11-speed version already offered ANT+ and Bluetooth connection, so perhaps no major changes were required?

There were strong rumours for Campagnolo going wireless in its next iteration – joining SRAM and FSA in the process – but that’s certainly not evident here. Instead, we see what looks like the existing V3 junction box in use and very obvious connection wires to the derailleurs.

Speaking of the junction box, we can’t help but think that Campagnolo will offer various fitment forms similar to what Shimano offer, including one to fit in the downtube of frames such as the Pinarello F10, Trek Madone and latest Colnagos.

As it stands, existing EPS 11-speed V3 requires a magnetic band to be wrapped around the tube that hosts the battery in order to completely shut-off the system for longer-term storage. One feature we hope to see is a fully automatic battery shut-off when the system is not in use.

Given how polished these groups look, we anticipate the official release is imminent. Until then, check out the photos we took at the Santos Tour Down Under and speculate away!

Gallery

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

What changes do you see?

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

The wiring seems quite similar, if not the same.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

A sneaky shot from the back.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed shifter

The shifters offer familiar shaping and styling.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed shift lever

Another angle of what will soon be the most expensive shifter on the market.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed shift lever

A side profile of the new EPS 12-speed shifter. This one is for a mechanical brake. We’re not sure what difference to the shape, if any, the hydraulic lever version will have.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

Nobody does curves like Campagnolo.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

Twelve cogs to choose from.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

This cassette is the same that was released with the mechanical 12-speed groupsets. Note the little chain catcher on the back of the largest cog, it’s a nice touch for sure.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed SRM

The 2019 bikes of Lotto-Soudal offer a simpler looking crankset, simply because it’s a SRM model.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

The brakes, whether disc or rim, will remain consistent with the already available Super Record and Record mechanical groupsets.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

For comparison, here’s the previous 11-speed EPS rear derailleur.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS 12-speed

And here is the previous 11-speed front derailleur. Notice the obvious difference in the cage assembly.

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